The Countdown to re-opening with Nellakir, Netball and Basketball.

With no clear pathway yet for local competitions either in Melbourne or in Regional Victoria, the Suncorp Super Netball is providing a level of entertainment and connection for netball aficionados and participants during the Lockdown here in Victoria.

It’s much the same with Basketball with no clear pathway yet announced for a return to local competition. All eyes here turn to the Orlando Florida Hub of the NBA. For many there, the LA Lakers are looking very promising.

Here’s an interview with LeBron James discussing his own all-time playoff record and his progress during the playoffs.

The Victorian State Government is offering significant grants to sporting organisations and clubs as well as loans at low interest of between $500K and $10M for infrastructure development for sporting clubs and organisations. For all sporting organisations it’s timely and appropriate to utilise these one-off grants to tide your competitions and facilities over during Lockdown and into the next phase as the community begins to open up and competitions resume.

Here is a link to the Victorian Government’s Sports and Recreation Grants

https://vicsport.com.au/grants

Nellakir are continuing to work on a number of projects that fall within the current Building and Construction guidelines of the Victorian Government. Now is also a very suitable time to carry out major maintenance on Sports Flooring such as re-coating, re-sanding, and re-lining. Call Nellakir now on 03 9467 6126 or leave your details here for a prompt response to your enquiry. Be prepared and ready for the re-opening of local competitions and stadiums with your facilities including flooring and retractable seating presented in pristine condition to spectators and participants alike.

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Suncorp Super Netball Action – The Melbourne Vixens make a statement!

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With local competitions in recess, all eyes turn to the National Suncorp Super Netball action. The Melbourne Vixens look like taking full advantage of the Hub with a strong victory over the Sunshine Coast Lightning.

Here’s a report on the game which was held on the 12th of August at the University of the Sunshine Coast Stadium.

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The Melbourne Vixens have sounded a warning to the rest of the Suncorp Super Netball competition after defeating the Sunshine Coast Lightning 63-51.

The Vixens were in the unusual position of hosting the Lightning at USC Stadium on the Sunshine Coast but the Melbourne club made themselves at home with another classy performance.

The two teams had yet to taste defeat heading into the top-of-the-table clash but the Vixens set up their third successive win with a dominant opening half, building an impressive 15-goal lead by halftime.

Super Netball Rd 6 - Lightning v Vixens“It definitely didn’t feel like we were up that much,” Vixens co-captain Kate Moloney said about her team’s strong start.

“We knew the Lightning were going to come hard at us, they’re a super quality team but I’m really proud of our girls to be able to push it out all the way to the end.”

The victory was a fitting result for Moloney as she joined current teammate Tegan Philip and Bianca Chatfield as the third Vixen to play 100 national league games.

The reliable midcourter took the points in her match-up with Lightning captain Laura Langman, claiming player of the match with 22 circle feeds and 13 assists, while Jo Weston was a standout in defence for the Vixens.

The Vixens burst out of the blocks with nine of the first 11 goals of the game but the Lightning’s attack started to flow when Steph Wood shifted to goal shooter and Cara Koenen cashed in on a Karla Pretorius intercept to reduce Melbourne’s lead to three.

But Caitlin Thwaites drained a Suncorp Super Shot on the siren for a 16-11 advantage and the Vixens kept rolling with an 8-2 start in the second term before Thwaites and Tegan Philip combined for four super shots in the rebel Power Five period to go into halftime ahead 34-19.

The Lightning managed to reduce the margin to single digits at stages of the third and fourth quarters but the Vixens had all the answers with Thwaites, Philip and Mwai Kumwenda each playing their part to keep their attack on song.

Super Netball Rd 6 - Lightning v VixensBoth teams are back in action on Sunday with the Lightning hosting the undefeated NSW Swifts and the Vixens aiming for their fourth win in a row against the Adelaide Thunderbirds.

Score breakdown
Q1: Vixens 16 v Lightning 11
Q2: Vixens 18 v Lightning 8
Q3: Vixens 15 v Lightning 19
Q4: Vixens 14 v Lightning 13

Nissan Player of The Match – Kate Moloney (Melbourne Vixens)

Vixens shooting statistics
Caitln Thwaites: Total points – 20 G1 – 14/20 (70%) G2 – 3/4 (75%)
Tegan Philip: Total points – 22 G1 – 16/19 (84%) G2 – 3/6 (50%)
Mwai Kumwenda: Total points – 21 G1 – 21/21 (100%) G2 – 0/2 (0%)

Lightning shooting statistics
Steph Wood: Total points – 13 G1 – 9/12 (75%) G2 – 2/5 (40%)
Cara Koenen: Total points – 31 G1 – 29/33 (88%) G2 – 1/1 (100%)
Peace Proscovia: Total points – 7 G1 – 7/9 (78%) G2 – 0/0 (0%)

Vixens starting seven: GS – Caitlin Thwaites GA – Tegan Philip WA – Liz Watson C – Kate Moloney WD – Kate Eddy GD – Jo Weston GK – Emily Mannix

Lightning starting seven: GS – Peace Proscovia GA – Steph Wood WA – Laura Scherian C – Laura Langman WD – Maddy McAuliffe GD – Karla Pretorius GK – Phumza Maweni

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Source: supernetball.com.au

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Take 2 – Basketball and Netball – The Lockdown Reprise

It’s hard to know what effect this latest lockdown will have on local competitions and Junior grades in Netball and Basketball. Certainly it will push back the reopening of stadiums and to most competitions by a further 6 weeks. Whilst other states like NSW, Western Australia and Queensland remain ‘open’ the major leagues such as the NBL and the Suncorp Super Netball can prepare for competition hubs. But for the rest of us here in Victoria the message is #StaySafeStayHome

This week we wanted to take a peek at the new South Melbourne Primary School, Australia’s first vertical school. So that’s all we could do – take a peek. The school is graced with a full indoor sprung timber competition level court suitable for Basketball, Netball and indoor activities such as Gymnastics, Volleyball and other indoor sports.The new court was installed by Nellakir last year. But as of the 9th of July, it’s now having an enforced lay-off.

In reality the lockdown provides a great opportunity for organisations to access the ‘state of the game’ with their individual sports and plan for the post Covid-19 strategy for their sport.

Netball Australia has been quick off the mark announcing an independent review of the sport of Netball.

Here is their Press Release,

Netball assesses State of the Game

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Netball Australia has today announced an independent review to holistically consider the State of the Game in order to reset the sport’s strategy following the impact of COVID-19.

The review, to be headed by former Australian captain Liz Ellis, will canvas the views and experiences of the wide range of customer and stakeholder groups from across the netball nation, inviting diverse and bold thinking to ensure the ongoing sustainability, prosperity and relevance of the game.

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Ellis will be joined on the panel by an accomplished group of leaders from across different industries, all sharing a common belief in the power of netball to enrich communities. The three other panel members are Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins, experienced non-executive director and former MP Wendy Machin and experienced non-executive director, CEO, CMO and media executive Joe Pollard.

In the wake of COVID-19 restrictions, Suncorp Super Netball was delayed, community netball was suspended, Netball Australia furloughed half its workforce and Suncorp Super Netball athletes accepted a reduction in their player payments for 2020.

Netball Australia CEO Marne Fechner said the consultation aspect of the review will be the most significant in the sport’s history and for good reason.

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“The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant financial impact on the netball ecosystem and comes at a time when the competition to own the hearts and minds of women in sport is at an all-time high,” she said.

“Without action, parts of netball will encounter considerable financial uncertainty. So, faced with this reality, the sport will take steps to ensure its not only future proofed, but that our strategy leading into 2027, our centenary, is designed to strengthen the entire netball community,” she said.

“Across the next two months our aim is to capture the voices and experiences of our entire Australian netball family at a scale that hasn’t been done before. We want to listen to their stories and understand what makes the sport great and where we can do better. Most importantly, we want to capture a collective ambition for our game and, in doing so, shape our future.”

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The Review’s terms of reference will see the panel consider:

  • Netball’s value proposition and critical pain points.
  • The alignment between customer and stakeholder insight and the sport’s purpose, vision and strategy.
  • The culture of Netball in Australia.
  • The financial, delivery and commercial model of netball in Australia.
  • The optimal future governance structure of netball (Netball Australia, Member Organisations, associations, clubs, Suncorp Super Netball and Suncorp Super Netball clubs).
  • The roles of each entity in the netball ecosystem.
  • Any other matter that would best serve netball in Australia.

Panel Chair Liz Ellis said the State of the Game Review will provide a listening post at a critical juncture of the sport and help build strong, innovative strategies leading to 2027 when the sport hopes to host the Netball World Cup.

“Netball is the preeminent sport of choice for Australian women and girls, but like all sports, netball has experienced significant financial pressure across the system as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.

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“This review is an opportunity, not only to capture the pulse of the netball nation, but to understand what’s most important to people that love netball – from elite through to grassroots, social, mixed and men’s netball. It’s also a chance to also understand what our commercial partners see as the future of our business.

“We need to ensure the sport has a contemporary strategy and structure. This is a unique opportunity for the sport to reimagine and if necessary, reshape relevant features to ensure we can all bounce back stronger together.”

It is estimated the review panel will provide recommendations to Netball Australia by the end of September 2020.

Netball Australia is inviting all netball fans, participants, volunteers, anyone involved in the sport to provide input into this review. Go to netball.com.au/stateofthegame to find out how you can provide feedback.

Source: netball.com.au

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Return Dates for Local Basketball and Netball Competitions Imminent.

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It seems that most of Australia has ‘dodged a bullet’ with the Covid-19 pandemic. Compared to the USA, we seem to have remained relatively unscathed. However there is still the need to maintain vigilance with the possibility of the ‘second wave’ of infections being very real. It’s easy to be complacent but remember in the USA, UK and Europe the toll has been tragic.

Both Basketball Victoria and Netball Victoria have been in discussions with the Victorian Government and the relevant State and Federal health Authorities. Both have provided press releases as to the present status on a return to local competition. For your information we repeat the for you here…

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COVID-19 Updates as of June 17, 2020

Guideline Level: WE ARE CURRENTLY AT RED-10 (Outdoor) – until June 22

Thank-you to those who attended the Return to Sport Update today. Although it is an exciting time with some clearer dates for us to return, we need to remain vigilant, patient and prepare as best we can to ensure the health and safety of our community is the highest priority while we aim to get participants back on the court.

We’ve put forward a position to SRV and DHHS that our understanding and application of the Victorian Government return to sport announcement from Sunday June 14, allows for basketball to move to “Orange-50” reactivation status. We anticipate we will be in a position to confirm this status for indoor training and competition for participants 18 years and under by the end of the week.

Please find below links to guidelines, tools, signage and checklists (in preparation for an Orange-50 status) as well as the recording from todays webinar. The Q&A from todays session is being drafted and will be available tomorrow.

Please note the documents and tools provided for the proposed Orange-50 status are to be considered for preparation purposes and not to be treated as confirmed until Basketball Victoria notifies otherwise of acceptance from SRV and DHHS.

We appreciate the patience and understanding of the whole community, we ask that everyone continues to maintain increased hygiene practices as well as adequate social distancing measures to ensure we get through this together.

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As of June 15, 2020

Return to Sport Update

Basketball Victoria welcomes the Victorian Government’s announcement of the further easing of COVID-19 restrictions (announced Sunday June 14), regarding community sport.

Managing our return to basketball training and competitions in a timely, yet safe and controlled manner is critical. This will ensure the health and wellbeing of participants, as well as the viability of our associations and clubs.

To be clear, basketball is regarded as a ‘contact-sport’ for the purposes of these Victorian Government restrictions and guidelines.

We have summarised the restrictions below from the DHHS and SRV releases, however we are seeking further clarity on the number of spectators/participants allowed per area/zone, aiming for an Orange-50 stage, as per our Return to Sport Guidelines from the 22nd June.

We will provide the relevant and updated guidelines, information sheets, checklists and signage to assist the resumption of competition as soon as we have received Government confirmation.

Summary of Restrictions:

– For 18 years old and under – full contact training and competition for both indoor and outdoor is possible from June 22
– For 18 years and over – non-contact training for both indoor and outdoor is possible from June 22
– For 18 years and over – full contact training for both indoor and outdoor (forecast for) July 13
– For 18 years and over – resumption of competition both indoor and outdoor (forecast for) July 20

Note: the forecast July dates are not locked in yet, the Victorian Government will still need to confirm these dates in the coming weeks.

We appreciate the patience and understanding of our community throughout the COVID-19 postponement of basketball and into the future as we ease restrictions and see our sport return to competition in upcoming weeks and months.

It is important to remain vigilant as we return to indoor basketball training and competitions – please continue to maintain increased hygiene practices as well as adequate social distancing measures, as this will aid in the ongoing health and safety of our community.

Source: http://basketballvictoria.com.au/covid-19/

And from Netball Victoria…

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Netball Victoria is delighted with the Victoria State Government announcement today of a road map for the return of community sport in Victoria. We have seen netballers return to training with cautious excitement, and know the delight that a return to competition will bring our community.
We are processing the detail in these announcements and seeking further clarification before we can provide further advice to our netball community. We will provide the updated Return to Community Netball guidelines as soon as we can.

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The Victorian Government has announced further easing of restrictions which will enable groups of up to 20 – plus a coach – to participate in training at outdoor venues from Monday 1 June, 2020. All activity and training must continue to be non-contact and no competitions or match play may take place. Netball Victoria will continue to support Associations, Leagues and Clubs through this unprecedented time to ensure they adhere to the Return to Community Netball guidelines.

Netball Victoria continues to advocate on behalf of our community to the State Government for a roadmap to resume competitive netball. At this point in time, we are advocating for a recommencement of competition netball in mid-July 2020.

To enable us to effectively assess the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on your annual Netball Victoria membership, we have deferred an announcement until October 31, 2020. This will enable us to make an informed decision based on the state of play, and to further assess a range of options to manage current and future memberships. We continue to accept applications for refunds based on hardship or medical reasons, which are assessed on a weekly basis.

We are aware our netball community are doing all you can to make decisions in this uncertain environment. We encourage you to wait for the Victorian Government announcements regarding further easing of restrictions before making any definitive decisions. We expect to see a strong Return to Community Netball and look forward to continuing to work with our passionate netball community to achieve this.

Source: vic.netball.com.au

It will be fantastic for the kids to finally get back to enjoying a game, but it’s critically important that families and friends follow the directives and advice provided to ensure there is a full return to competition in the following months.

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We wish all competitors at all levels the very best of luck in returning to full competition. As the referee says, “Play Ball!”

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National Netball Championships Scheduled for Hobart Cancelled

This year’s National Netball Championships scheduled for the 18th to the 23rd of April have been cancelled. Unfortunately since the declaration of the Pandemic Covid-19 Virus this was always likely to be the case.

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But the future looks bright. Right now the Nellakir team are preparing the Stump Systems for six new Netball Courts at Netball Victoria’s Headquarters at Royal Park in Victoria. This is a massive expansion of the existing competition level courts at the facility.

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The Nellakir team are also commencing works on the Sirius College Court in Keysborough as well as the Twin Rivers Primary School in Echuca, both next week.

Here is the Statement from the CEO of Netball Australia re the National Championships in Hobart and their cancellation.

2020 National Netball Championships Cancelled

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Based on the expert medical advice of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, endorsed by Commonwealth, State and Territory governments, that organised public gatherings of more than 500 people be cancelled to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in Australia, Netball Australia will not proceed with the annual 17&U and 19&U National Netball Championships due to take place in Hobart from 18-23 April.

Given the nature of the event, and after extensive consultation with medical experts and relevant stakeholders, Netball Australia made the decision not to proceed with the tournament, which would bring together teams from all states and territories.

Netball Australia CEO Marne Fechner said the health of the Australian netball and wider community is paramount and that Netball Australia continues to work closely with state and territory Member Organisations in relation to community and grassroots netball.

“It was an incredibly difficult decision not to proceed with the National Netball Championships, especially knowing how much preparation by the athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers goes into this event. It is however prudent that we do everything we can to reduce the spread of the virus,” she said.

“In relation to community netball, we are working with Member Organisations, government organisations and medical professionals to determine the best approach and we will release guidelines to support community netball organisations across Australia in the coming days. Until then we encourage all community netball organisations to demonstrate caution in line with government recommendations that everyone should practise good hygiene to protect against infections.”

Netball Australia will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation as it evolves in relation to the upcoming Deakin University Australian Netball League season, due to start on Saturday 2 May.

Netball Australia has confirmed that the cancellation of the National Netball Championships does not mean that all netball events and competitions should be cancelled, however, caution in line with government recommendations should be exercised.

Source: netball.com.au

So whilst players take an enforced break, the Nellakir team will prepare the new facilities mentioned as well as over the Easter break and first term holidays Nellakir will undertake a number of annual maintenance programs – resurfacing and re-lining. All in all it should provide for a great resurgence and renewal once things return to normal.

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Nellakir also offer a regular cyclical and scheduled Court Cleaning service to ensure your stadium and its surface is always presented in premium condition.

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Nellakir and Netball

Nellakir is proud to be involved with the construction and installation of the new indoor courts at the Victorian Netball & Hockey Centre in Royal Park.

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Here is the press release from Netball Victoria:

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Redeveloped State Netball & Hockey Centre

A key netball facility development project – many years in the making – is now underway, with the State Netball Hockey Centre (SNHC) in Parkville currently under construction.The Andrews Government announced funding of $64.6 million for the redevelopment and expansion of the SNHC.

The huge support of the entire Victorian netball community has also been key to ensuring the project’s progress.

The SNHC is a vital headquarters for netball, hosting more than 5000 participants each week for training, competition and events. Netball has been a tenant of the facility in Royal Park for nearly 80 years.

Please read this safety message now that works have commenced.

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Our New Home

The redeveloped centre is due to open in March 2021 and will include:

  • 11 indoor netball courts
  • New major event and spectator facilities
  • Capacity to provide an expanded range of competitions, programs, coaching clinics, tournaments and camps for participants from throughout Victoria
  • High Performance facilities to support elite and pathway teams, national teams and visiting international teams
  • Administrative headquarters for Netball Victoria and Hockey Victoria
  • The Victorian Women in Sport Leadership Centre, nurturing transformational leaders
  • Occasional care facilities
  • Universal Design Principles to ensure equitable access for all

Source: vic.netball.com.au/snhc

Netball is Australia’s most popular womens sport catering for competitions ranging from Junior through to Senior with an Australia-wide premium competition that has been featured on Free to Air Television – Netball Australia’s 8 team National Competition.

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Nellakir have been involved with the construction of most premium competition courts in the Greater Melbourne area and the nearby Regional Cities. The Nellakir team constructed the current Victorian Netball Centre main courts. These are constructed in premium sprung timber sports flooring and can be viewed on our website here. Nellakir are now engaged with the construction and installation of the new courts at the facility.

As well the company is actively involved in cyclical maintenance of a large number of courts both in Greater Melbourne and regional Victoria currently used for premium competitive Netball.

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At Nellakir we believe in fostering the sport of Netball as a healthy, regular team sport. The Victorian State Government PPP program is now ensuring that kids have a genuine opportunity to play and participate in most parts of Melbourne and rural Victoria. The PPP (Public Private Partnership) program is ensuring that Netball Courts are incorporated in the majority of new schools built and also with school upgrades.

Netball is a skilful game. It requires quick thinking and action with good hand to eye coordination. It is fast becoming a recognised international sport.

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It is more than interesting seeing the sport regain a foothold in the USA. This is where it started many years ago, as a genteel version of Basketball for ‘proper young ladies’. However since those days the game has evolved dramatically and it is now a fast paced, incredibly skilful game with major differences to Basketball. This includes court position, no dribbling the ball, no contact and the three second rule that requires ball disposal within a three second period. It’s a wonderful team sport that encourages the development of physical, mental and social skill sets.

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For anyone looking to encourage their children to play sport and exercise, Netball is an excellent choice.

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And remember in junior grades boys can play too! So step to it. Netball is the buzz. Enrol your children for real fun and fitness now. And you never know – if they’re playing indoors on a sprung timber sports floor – it’s probably a Nellakir floor!

Call now to arrange a consultation with Nellakir on construction, installation and maintenance of your Timber Sports Flooring and Indoor Stadium requirements. Call 03 9467 6126 and book a free no obligation appointment to discuss your requirements. Nellakir now offer an excellent cyclical court cleaning program that ensures your Competition Courts provide the very best surface for all competitors, young and old.

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Australia Day – Green vs Gold

Well it’s the Australia Day public holiday on Monday 27th but right now here’s a bit of a treat for our viewers, followers and friends. It’s the Green (Boston Celtics) vs the Gold (LA Lakers) and for some it’s a surprise result with the Lakers going down to the Celtics 107 to 139. (Green and Gold, so Aussie!)

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Here are the full game highlights. Kick back and enjoy. The Celtics – with party tricks.

When it comes to the highest levels of competition here in Australia, chances are you are playing on Nellakir Timber Sports Flooring if you’re in Victoria.

Today, with an increasing number of listed Australians playing on NBA extended lists, with the number growing each year, the opportunities for fresh talent to make their way to the premium competition of the NBA are increasing.

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Playing on the very best possible surfaces continues to make this opportunity realistic. All Nellakir surfaces are FIBA approved, utilising ASF/Horner patented timber flooring systems.

Ensure your stadium’s playing surface is always maintained professionally for premium performance. Call Nellakir now to book a free, no-obligation consultation on regular annual maintenance and scheduled professional court cleaning.

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The Constellation Cup – Australia defeats New Zealand for the seventh year.

The Kiwis just missed. Australia won the Constellation Cup series in Perth. With both teams taking 2 wins it came down to percentage.

Netball has long been the most popular sport for women and girls in Australia. There was a time when in the winter the boys would play football and the girls would play netball.  That’s just how it was.  However, these days, there are many more sports to choose from and girls are venturing into previously male dominated sports.  But, netball still has a very high participation level, with over 37% of girls aged 6-13 playing netball.

Accordingly, this high level of participation and a strong grassroots organisation has put the Australian women’s team (The Diamonds) at the top of the world rankings for many years.  Taking out numerous Commonwealth Games and World Cup Gold Medals.

The most popular national sport in Australia is Cricket, in which Australians are very successful at. There are two major football codes Rugby League played predominantly in New South Wales and Queensland, and Aussie Rules popular in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia. Rugby Union and Association Football (known mostly as Soccer) is also played. The most popular female sport is Netball.

And we pay due homage to the all conquering Diamonds who simply blitzed the Silver Ferns in the final game of the series in Perth.

Kiwi coach slams refereeing as Diamonds win Constellation Cup

New Zealand coach Noeline Taurua has launched an extraordinary spray at Singaporean referee Joan Yuliani after the Australian Diamonds retained the Constellation Cup with a 53-46 netball win in Perth.

The Diamonds blitzed the Silver Ferns with a 16-7 opening-quarter onslaught at RAC Arena on Sunday, and led by as many as 16 goals during the second term as their suffocating pressure proved too much to handle.

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Noeline Taurua was not happy with the officiating in the fourth Test

But with star shooter Maria Folau nailing almost everything that came her way, the Silver Ferns reduced the margin to seven goals in the third quarter, and then just four goals with seven minutes remaining.

The Diamonds kept their cool at the death to secure the win and level the series at 2-2, claiming the Constellation Cup on superior goal percentage.

But it was the quality of refereeing that was a big talking point after the match, with Taurua furious at Yuliani’s performance.

New Zealand are renowned for their on-court discipline, often committing 25 per cent less fouls than Australia whenever the arch-rivals meet.

But Sunday’s match told a different statistical tale, with NZ called for 66 penalties to Australia’s 63.

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Taurua believed many of those calls were wrong, and even went to the trouble of analysing the foul count from the past five matches between the two sides to prove her point.

She said the fact that Yuliani was handed the refereeing gig in the fourth Test despite not officiating in any of the previous three matches of the series was a huge mistake.

“We have somebody that comes in from Singapore – where are they ranked? – and blows it [the interpretations of the rules] out of the window,” Taurua said.

“I thought the Diamonds were confused [as well] to some respect.

“One minute it’s a two-second held ball, next minute it’s a four-minute held ball, next minute there’s nothing, there’s no call at all.

“That really disturbs me, because we are not a 60-penalty team. We want to put something out there that’s really competitive.

“But yet the decisions that are made behind the scenes in regards to that quality is unacceptable. For that I’m really disappointed.”

Taurua made a special point to praise the Diamonds, declaring them the better team on the day.

But she said the issue of referee quality needed to be addressed, and she’s vowed to put in a formal complaint.

Star Diamonds goal shooter Caitlin Bassett nailed 25 of her 28 goal attempts to ensure she celebrated her 100-game milestone with a win in front of 13,233 fans – a new netball record crowd for Perth.

The win was also the perfect send-off for retiring shooter Caitlin Thwaites, who replaced Bassett in the third quarter to finish with six goals.

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The retiring Caitlin Thwaites waves farewell to the crowd

“Definitely the pressure’s off,” Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander said after the match.”I just had the feeling they weren’t going to let it slip. We practised all week. They just dug in and they dug really deep, and they did a fantastic job.”

The victory was sweet revenge for Australia, who lost the World Cup final to New Zealand by a goal in July, and also twice lost to the Silver Ferns during the current series by a goal.

Source: smh.com.au

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Netball Netball Netball – Can Australia bounce back from its Sydney loss in the Constellation Cup Series with New Zealand?

The rivalry between Australia and New Zealand in any sport has always been intense. It’s a rather strange thing – with New Zealand often coming across as ‘the mouse that roared’. Aussies aren’t too interested in Rugby Union and frankly apart from Cricket – where Australia has dominated New Zealand, there are not too many other sporting codes where the rivalry lives up to the hype.

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Except one – NETBALL!! – and right now the girls from the Shaky Isles – the land of the long white cloud – Aotearoa, have the Aussie gals on the ropes 2 series wins to 1 in the Constellation Cup series. With one game to go Australia can still claim the series with a win as their percentage is higher. Good luck to both teams from Nellakir. With luck the new courts under construction at Melbourne’s Netball Headquarters in Royal Park will be complete in time for the next series. Nellakir are the leading experts in Sprung Timber Sports Flooring in Victoria and Tasmania and have been contracted to complete the 6 new courts scheduled for the facility.

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For now here’s an article that looks to the final game in Perth.

Constellation Cup: Diamond Caitlin Bassett set to shine at sell-out Perth clash

Fairytale endings have been few and far between for Caitlin Bassett over the past 18 months, but she hopes that will all change during her 100-game milestone for the Diamonds.

Captain Bassett will notch a century of matches for Australia in the winner-takes-all battle against New Zealand at a sold-out RAC Arena in her hometown Perth on Sunday.

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The Silver Ferns lead the four-match Constellation Cup series 2-1, but Australia will win the title on percentage if they can triumph in Perth, and that would be a welcome change of fortune for 31-year-old Bassett.

She has enjoyed enormous international success since her 2008 debut, including two world titles, but there have been some heartbreaking results in big games since she took over the captaincy in late 2017.

In July, her team lost the World Cup final to NZ by a goal, having lost the Commonwealth Games final to England by the same margin last year.

Their two losses to NZ in this current series have also been by a single goal.

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But a win in Perth on Sunday would see Australia snare the Constellation Cup for a seventh straight year.

The Diamonds notched a win in coach Lisa Alexander’s 100-game milestone earlier this month, and goal shooter Bassett hopes history will repeat itself on Sunday.

“For me the last couple of years the fairytale endings haven’t come off,“ Bassett said.

“But it would be cherry on top of the cake (if we can win this Sunday), it would be great.

“We had another great milestone in Lisa’s 100th and I think we did find that extra motivation to get that win. It was the Gatorade shower afterwards that we were so driven by.

“For us a milestone is fantastic, but for me it’s about the tradition we’ve had.

“In the past we’ve retained the Constellation Cup so many times. For me as captain it’s that motivation that I want to do what others did before me.”

So is Bassett expecting a Gatorade shower if they win?

“I’m hoping for champagne not Gatorade,” she said with a laugh.

Bassett said it was fitting her milestone was in Perth, where her glittering career first took off.

“To get out there in front of a crowd who first saw me as an uncoordinated bumbling teenager, and now (have seen me) develop into an uncoordinated bumbling adult – it’s pretty exciting,” she said.

Sunday’s crowd is expected to surpass Perth’s international netball record of 12,365.

Source: https://www.perthnow.com.au/sport/netball/constellation-cup-diamond-caitlin-bassett-set-to-shine-at-sell-out-perth-clash-ng-b881361427z

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Australia vs New Zealand – Netball – The Classic Contest

The Constellation Cup. Game 2 and Australia make up for the loss in Game 1. With the rivalry between the nations at an all time high (remember the Commonwealth Games?) – this is proving to be an interesting series.

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Here is the report on the game played in Auckland earlier this week…

Diamonds shine bright to level Constellation Cup series

Australia have atoned for their first-up loss to New Zealand in the Constellation Cup with a 48-42 victory in Auckland.

Lisa Alexander’s team lifted for the master coach in her 100th Test, levelling the four match series at 1-1 on Wednesday night.

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Gretel Tippett starred in Australia’s win over New Zealand with 23 points

Gretel Tippett (23/24) was supreme under the ring, ably assisted by captain Caitlin Bassett (17/20) and Tegan Philip (8/9).

But this was a win masterminded by the back.

Goal keeper Courtney Bruce subdued the Maria Folau-led Silver Ferns attack with an intensity that lifted the whole Diamonds side.

She made five intercepts and was called for obstruction just four times in a defensive masterclass.

‘‘She just controlled the circle. She patrolled the circle tonight. It was absolutely fantastic to watch,’’ Alexander said.

Only once in the match did the contest look to be slipping from Australia’s grasp – the third-quarter spell when Folau (31/41) sank six shots without reply to whittle the Diamonds’ lead from 10 to four.

The four-Test series now heads to Sydney and Perth, where wins will allow Australia to retain the trans-Tasman trophy for the seventh-straight time.

‘‘We’ve put ourselves in a great position now for the rest of the series,’’ Alexander said. ‘‘We’ll go home and land and feel like winners.’’

While the Diamonds boasted historical dominance over the Kiwis, New Zealand had won the previous two hitouts – including the World Cup final – by a single goal.

So when Bassett missed her first effort of the night to the delight of the sold-out crowd, the Kiwis were confident.

It was the only time they led all night. Australia shot at 100 per cent for the rest of the quarter and kept up their sharpness.

Together with Jo Weston, Bruce showed superb intensity inside the circle.

Australia’s three-goal quarter-time lead was whittled to one when a contentious stepping call on Tippett went against the goal attack.

But the Diamonds responded, with Bruce leading the way. Her three first-half intercepts each led to Australian goals, helping the visitors to a five-goal lead at the break.

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Maria Folau did her best to spark something for the Silver Ferns

Tippett was rested as one of three half-time changes, allowing Philip to return to international netball for the first time in three years.

Alexander’s switch-ups didn’t slow Australia, who soon boasted a 10-goal lead that should have killed the contest.

Instead, Folau roared the Silver Ferns to life with a superb run.

The veteran attacker had a chance to narrow the lead to three on the eve of the last change, only to miss a long-range effort to end a damaging streak.

Bassett sat out the fourth quarter, with Philip deputising superbly as the Diamonds shut out hopes of a Kiwi comeback.

Source: smh.com.au

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